51 of The Most Beautiful Sentences in Literature

It looks like it is turning out to be another busy week for me, but I just wanted to show you all (whoever is reading) this great Buzzfeed article I came across this morning – 51 of The Most Beautiful Sentences in Literature as suggested by the general public, I believe.

There’s something inexplicable about a really well written sentence that I love. The really good ones make me put a book down for a second to pause and enjoy them. This list covers everything from Russian Literature to Where The Wild Things Are to general YA books and Harry Potter (Dumbledore, of course) to American classics. It covers the whole field.

So take a break from your busy day to scroll through and see if any of these sentences give you that inexplicable happy feeling. Happy Wednesday!

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Happy Friday

It’s Friday everyone! You have made it through the week. Congrats.

Here is a picture of the new plant that I got after my sunflowers died. I have had this plant for almost two weeks and it is still alive. I am probably more proud of that than I should be, but hey an accomplishment is an accomplishment.

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To celebrate the weekend here are some fun book quotes that I have been collecting on my computer over the past week or so. Most of them are from tumblr or bookmania, which always has a good supply of quotations or library pictures for anyone who is interested. Bookriot is also a good site for fun book related articles as well. I hope everyone has a chance to curl up with a good book this weekend. 🙂

Books hold most of the secrets of the world, most of the thoughts that men and women have had. And when you are reading a book, you and the author are alone together – just the two of you.

– E.B. White via bookmania

When you read a book, what you see are black squiggles on pulped wood or, increasingly, dark pixels on a pale screen. To transform these icons into characters and events, you must imagine. And when you imagine, you create, It’s in being read that a book becomes a book, and in each of a million different readings a book becomes one of a million different books.

– Mohsin Hamid, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

To know a man’s library is, in some measure, to know a man’s mind.

Geraldine Brooks, March

And finally, a tumblr find that sums up my thoughts and obsessions with literary characters nicely.

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Life Update: Florida and Freelancing

Over the weekend I went down to Florida to visit my godmother. It was so nice to get away and to experience real warm weather. It has been fairly good spring weather here in New York, but in Florida it was full on summer. 80 degrees everyday shorts and t-shirt sit by the pool and go swimming kind of weather, and it was great.

My godmother lives down the street from a dock and a bay which meant every night there were fabulous sunsets.Image

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I also got to see some pelicans: one of God’s more ridiculous looking creatures if you ask me.

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Needless to say waking up to rain in New York was a slight disappointment after Florida weather. But I have still managed to keep myself busy and stay on top of the freelancing projects I have. I actually just finished up Part I of one of the books that I have been editing so I am happy about that. It’s exciting to see a project through to the end (even thought there is more of the book to go) and I am interested to see what happens next.

I also just started working on another project last week before leaving for Florida, so I have been delving into that as well. It’s interesting to see different author’s writing styles,  seeing how each one approaches their story, and seeing how I can work with them as an editor. I feel like I am getting to know characters that no one else knows yet, and seeing how they deal with the problems in their lives. Because that’s really what a book is – a series of problems in a character’s life. It has also made me appreciate how important some of the smaller details of a book are, like the wording of a certain sentence, or making sure that a certain aspect of a character or the plot matches up with something else that happens later down the road. Because often times it is in those smaller details where a book really comes together as a whole.

Each story could be categorized as fantasy but they are both very different from each other, and are targeted towards different audiences. All in all this experience has been a lot of fun and I’m glad I have been able to work with these authors and their manuscripts.

But Actually…This Is My Life…

Hello all! I have been pretty busy lately which has been great, but it has also meant that I have not been able to post recently. I do have a fun little post today. What Happens When You Like Books More Than Anything Else in the Whole World via Bookriot.

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Some might scoff at this article, but to others it is completely true. Those of us who curl up in bed and read at night instead of going to sleep (that’s how I finished the 7th Harry Potter). Or, those of us who find no use for a bag unless it can hold a book. I think I have one bag that cannot successfully hold a book and I only used it for prom. Some of us are introverts. Some are extroverts. Some might have joined a fandom long before the movie and others might have hopped on so they could see the movie without ruining the book. We all know that the book is better anyway. And we also know that commuting is far less exciting when we don’t have a good book to delve into to get ourselves away from the crowds on the subway.

Now, if you will excuse me, I have a dinner to go to. I am going to take the subway and bring my book. And when I finish that book (which is amazing) I will undoubtedly review it on here, and then proceed to make everyone I know read it. (See Chatting Normally). So be prepared. And keep on reading!

Free Books and Mystery Novels

I am sick with a cold so as I type I am lying on a couch with not a lot of energy and a comfy sweatshirt. I had enough energy to get through work today, and it was a good day at work too with good reading and tea. Then I was able to crash when I got home, and now I can just relax and eat cough drops and have hot beverages for a while.

Anyway, at work we have been donating a lot of extra books that we have. A lot of my job this week was collecting the extra books and organizing them so we could see what we had available. People have also been taking books that they want before we donate them. I have taken 3-4 books. I don’t know if I will read them immediately or not (my to read list is still somewhat intimidating) but they are there if I need them.

At work I have been reading quite a few mystery novels for one agent who specializes in them. I have read mystery novels before, and went through an Agatha Christie phase years ago, but I haven’t really been reading them recently on my own, except at work now. Well two of the books that I took from work are mystery novels and I am looking forward to reading them. One of them was recommended to me by a girl I work with. It is part of a series by Michael Robotham, so if its good there are always more. They are psychological thrillers, and I figured I like psychology, and seeing why people or characters do what they do. So I guess I’m going through a mystery thing now? We will just have to wait and see. A lot of the stuff that I have been reading for work has been really good, so I am excited to see more mystery novels in their final published stage as opposed to an earlier draft, even if they are by different writers. Also I’ve been meaning to read Gone Girl forever which also falls into the genre.

I have a book review in the making that I will type up once I feel better and have more energy. It will be for The Age of Miracles that I read last weekend. That will probably be in the next couple of days. Two posts in one week. How exciting!

Summer Reads: Prodigal Summer

This book was recommended to me by a friend when I realized that the more books I acquire, the less I know what I want to read. And I have gotten A LOT of new books recently, along with multiple B&N gift cards. It’s a problem. I knew I wanted to read something that I enjoyed and was well written. And this is what I got.

In Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver intertwines three stories of people from the same small southern town. Usually I don’t like the intertwining model of alternating characters every chapter. I like being able to get to know the characters that I read about, and I think it is easy for things to get lost or uninteresting when characters are constantly being switched around and you only have one chapter of them at a time. However, I do like seeing how authors tie their book together and this is a good format to see that happen.

I was not expecting to like Prodigal Summeras much as I did. It might have been because I read it during summer and it is a very summery outside crunchy novel. I don’t usually think of myself as a crunchy person.

What I really liked about it was the relational focus of the novel. I’m an extrovert/past Psych minor who likes people and books, so that’s not too surprising. Also, Barbara Kingsolver’s use of language and description  is a-mazing. That’s what really drew me into the book. Kingsolver describes both the naturally beautiful, and the normal and plain scenes of life as equally elegant in her prose. The fact that her three characters are all at different stages of life has been well used in books, but she freshens up the trope to make it not a cliche.  She gives her reader a unique view which is always nice in literature, and ties in with the nature in the book. She is definitely a knowledgeable nature lover.

If a book is well written, uses fresh language, and has good description then I’m hooked. That’s all I need.